One of the world’s finest batsmen,Virat Kohli, in a shocker, quit test captaincy on Saturday. Kohli announced that his decision to step down would take effect immediately. Speculations are on that his decision was propelled by India’s unexpected series defeat against South Africa. Kohli first led the Indian team as its Test cricket captain in 2014, against Australia, when Mahendra Singh Dhoni stepped down in the middle of the series. Kohli has held the position since then. Earlier, Kohli had announced stepping down as captain of the game in its shortest format T20, before the T20 World Cup, while the ODI captaincy was taken from him. His last game as captain was at Cape Town in South Africa, which India lost by seven wickets.
Kohli took to twitter to vent his feelings. “It’s been 7 years of hard work, toil and relentless perserverence every day to take the team in the right direction. Everything has to come to a halt at some stage and for me as Test captain, it’s now. There have been many ups and also many downs along the journey, but never has there been a lack of effort or lack of belief. I have alway believed in giving my 120 per cent in everything I do and if I can’t do that, I know it’s not the right thing to do. I have absolute clarity in my heart and I cannot be dishonest to my team,” he tweeted.
He thanked the BCCI for providing him an opportunity to lead the team for such a long innings. He also had a word of gratitude for his team mates who had made his journey memorable and beautiful by buying into the vision he had for the team.